Although out here in the Western states the fall season is not quite the same as places like the Midwest, the fact is that even out this way the temps get cooler and the climate changes. Although right now the concept of a “rainy season” seems laughable in dehydrated states like California, you never know what El Nino will bring about and that rain may start. During more normal times, this would be the rainy season.
As a home or property owner, you still have to worry about pests looking for shelter. The kind of pests that get very active this time of year and you might run across when you walk into your kitchen or bathroom in the middle of the night, or find scurrying around.
Western Exterminator has been fighting the good fight against insects and rodents for nearly 100 years. We are the experts and know which pests are on the move, so we thought you might like to know, too.
One of the pests that has become an issue in California in recent years is the stink bug. In particular the brown marmorated stink bug. They are fairly small, shield-shaped, and they love to dine on the fruits and vegetables in your garden and the nearby orchard. They congregate in huge numbers and if you mess around with them, crush them, or do anything they find threatening they will release a foul-smelling stench that gives them their name.
During the fall wasps and hornets are still active. Even though the kids may not be playing in the backyard as often, keep your eye out for wasp and hornet nests under eaves or beneath the deck. Some species even prefer building their nests underground.
Cockroaches around here are active all year long, but when the fall months come around they really get on the move. They seek shelter more often and they will use any space to get into your home. They’ll look for warm places to mate and will use your home as their own. Cockroaches are sneaky, but they are also filthy. They can even be a health concern for people with chronic illnesses such as asthma. They hide in cabinets, beneath the sinks, in bathrooms and anywhere they can, but you’ll see them at night when you turn on the lights.
Mice, Rats and Rodents
When the weather gets wet and cooler, these guys go looking for shelter. Mice and rats can compress their bodies and get into your home or business through the tiniest of spaces. They will then look for a place to set up a nest, chewing through wood and just about anything else to find that warm place. Then they start chewing up paper, cardboard and other things to build that nest in order to start breeding. Just a couple of mice choosing your property to spend the fall and winter can bring about a massive infestation in the walls and tremendous property damage.
The fall is when certain spiders look to start breeding. This is particularly true of the black widow. Although they are not as fierce as their reputation suggests, when nature starts telling them that it’s time to find a mate, they tend to get more active and they tend to be more willing to attack in order to defend eggs. It’s best, if you have black widow webs around your property, to have them removed during the fall to stop them from trying to venture inside.
Just about anything else that crawls, has fur or scales and is usually outside will try to get inside to stay warm and dry. If you have seen snakes around your property, then you might want to make sure that the holes around your home and other areas of potential entry are sealed shut. Get rid of snake nests before they decide your house or business looks nice and cozy for the fall and winter months.
Call the Professional Exterminators
The pest control season never ends. That means you have to be ever vigilant of the insects, rodents and wildlife trying to use your home for their own. If you feel that there is a potential problem around your property then call in the Western Exterminator experts. We’ll find the potential problems, offer advice, remove the pests and make sure they don’t return. It’s what we do – all year long